Percussion group leads first library concert

Published 12:27 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

No, that wasn’t the ghosts of the Winchester High School Band drumming on the Library lawn Friday evening, June 2, it was nine members of Tripp Bratton’s percussion group leading about 50 Winchester/Clark County residents in a rousing drum session, and we all had a smashing time.

Tripp’s group performed for about 45 minutes, and their energy and joy was so infectious that when they invited members of the audience to join in and passed out drums and percussion instruments most of the audience responded enthusiastically and spent another 45 minutes making wild and crazy rhythm together.

Tripp’s performance was the first of two concerts on the lawn the library is sponsoring this summer. The next will be this coming Friday night, June 16, 7 p.m., when famed Lexington guitarist, Bruce Lewis, will present an acoustic concert of Gypsy Jazz. Bruce is a fabulous guitar player and he is well-versed in the Gypsy jazz style, since he lived for a number of years in Romania and traveled Europe with Gypsy and traditional jazz bands.

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On Youtube, you can watch a KET recorded concert of Bruce playing at the Leeds in 1999. The direct web address is, or you can Google Bruce Lewis Leeds Theater…but the video that comes up will be a different show. To find the Leeds show, look at the video links on the right of the page and you’ll see the Leeds show link.

Pack your lawn chair or your picnic blanket into your auto and head for the Library this coming Friday night. No drums will be passed out this time, but after Bruce frees the Gypsy in your soul, you can get up and whirl around all you like.

Oh, if it’s raining, the concert will be in the Library’s Community Room.

The Accumulative Community Art Show is growing in the Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room. Thanks to Clark County artist, Rose Swope, who brought in the first batch of pictures. Her work is so sunny and colorful they naturally make a viewer’s day brighter. They’re the perfect pieces to premier a preeminent show.

This show is open to artists and craft people of any age. I want to get the widest representation possible of art and craft in Clark County. The Library even has some frames to loan for pictures and photographs. If you have any questions, contact me at the Library.

It’s summertime. Get arty.

Other programs this week:

Wednesday, June 14, Kentucky Picture Show presents a classic Hitchcock thriller starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine with the tag line: “Each time they kissed…there was the thrill of love, the threat of murder.” You’d think that couple wouldn’t get to a second date, but, hey! some people aren’t satisfied with just dinner and a movie.

Thursday, June 15, Noon, Book Lunchers discuss P.D. James’ first Adam Dalgliesh case, Cover her Face. Pleasant and unpleasant ideas sometimes have no relation to reality.

Thursday, June 15, 6:30 PM, the WWII Discussion Group meets to discuss important battles, tactics, and individuals from WWII. This month there’s a WWII quiz and prizes will be awarded to the most knowledgeable. If you win a pineapple, don’t pull the pin.

Saturday, June 17, 9 AM, Free Yoga on the Lawn. Got Namaste?

Saturday, June 17, 10 AM-4 PM, Outside the Lines Adult Coloring. Get inspired by checking out the Accumulative Show in the community room.

You know, loose colorful yoga pants make great gypsy dancing attire.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at